Home adaptations as simple as installing fire safety equipment or moving furniture, to significant ones like installing a ramp or accessible shower can make growing older at home safer and easier. There is no universal time or method for completing home adaptations, but this self-assessment guide from the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation is a useful resource for addressing safety concerns that can be resolved with home adaptations.
Several private companies offer home adaptation services including:
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BC Housing Programs and Canada Mortgage and Housing (CMHC)
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation and the Government of British Columbia have grants available to qualified recipients to help make home adaptations possible for lower income households.
Emergency Repair Program (ERP) - CMHC
Financial assistance to help low-income households in rural areas for emergency repairs required for the continued safe occupancy of their home.
Home Adaptations for Seniors’ Independence (HASI) - CMHC
Financial assistance for minor home adaptations that will help low-income seniors continue to perform daily activities in their home independently and safely.
Homeowner Residential Rehabilitation Assistance Program — Homeowner RRAP - CMHC
Financial assistance to low-income homeowners for mandatory home repairs that will preserve the quality of affordable housing.
Renovation Programs Pre-Application Tool - CMHC
This tool provides information specific to geographic areas about eligibility for financial assistance through CMHC’s renovation programs for low-income households.
Residential Rehabilitation Assistance Program — RRAP for Persons with Disabilities - CMHC
Financial assistance to allow homeowners and landlords to pay for modifications to make their property more accessible to persons with disabilities.